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Open to the Public

Canford School welcomes the local community to take advantage of access to a range of our fantastic facilities and stunning buildings.

Sport facilities

The Sports Centre offers a wide range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, 25 metre swimming pool, a large indoor sports hall, outdoor all weather pitches, grass sports pitches and tennis courts. We offer a range of fitness classes, swimming lessons and sports courses.

There is also a 9 hole golf course within the school grounds and Canford boasts one of only two Real Tennis courts currently in schools in the UK.

Membership and online booking is available.

Creative art and conference facilities

The Layard Theatre, opened in 1998, is a fully equipped, modern theatre providing a venue for a wide range of professional entertainment including top quality Drama, Music and Dance.

We also have a newly refurbished, multi-functional Assembly Hall, seating up to 800 available to hire for conferences, events and creative performances.

Weddings and events

Canford provides a beautiful wedding and events venue available for exclusive hire out of term time. With its ancient, graceful Grade 1 listed buildings set among 250 acres of landscaped grounds in the beautiful county of Dorset, Canford offers a stunning setting for any special occasion.

Canford School campus Wimborne Dorset